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Senate begins freewheeling immigration debate

14 February 2018

Even some Republicans, however, have expressed skepticism that such broad, fundamental changes in US immigration law can pass the Senate by the Thursday deadline that No. 2 Republican Senator John Cornyn urged late on Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is counting on a negotiated deal to find a bipartisan bill that can attract 60 votes from the almost evenly divided Senate, where Republicans have 51 votes and Democrats 49.

LOUISVILLE - In a show of bipartisan spirit Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, shared a stage in Louisville on Monday morning, days after finding consensus on a two-year budget deal.

"DREAMers" refers to immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children.

Trump was referring to a deadline he announced past year to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

The Senate voted to begin debate on immigration Monday, launching an unusual process that could lead to a bipartisan immigration fix - or leave Congress with no solution for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who stand to lose legal protections by March 5.

The White House has sought increased funding for border security, including a wall across the U.S. -Mexico border, in exchange for providing a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants. With Trump's insistence on the wall, the Republican Bill has proposed $25 billion for border security.

Debate has swirled around the DACA program - which provided temporary deportation protections and work authorization to almost 800,000 immigrants who came to the country as children - since President Donald Trump phased out the program to end on March 5, 2018.

"Chuck, I've got to say, my life would've been a lot easier if only you'd listened to your parents", he said. Sixty-votes are needed to cut off debate.

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The procedural vote, which passed 97-1, allows the Senate to next vote to officially open debate - a vote expected on Tuesday.

Many in Congress have been craving such an open debate because it will give senators a chance to put their concepts and proposals to the ultimate legislative test. Rather, this is the moment for a narrow bill. "I believe it's the case that we spent two or three months listening to the Democrats suggest that we shoehorn the DACA-immigration debate into a caps deal".

The minority party in the Senate has multiple ways to force a vote on a bill.

That is why it's crucial for House Speaker Paul Ryan to follow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's lead by bringing an immigration bill to the House floor.

After telling lawmakers last month that he would sign whatever they sent him, Trump now insists that any proposal address so-called "chain migration", in which legal immigrants can sponsor their family members, and end the diversity visa lottery, which is aimed at bringing in immigrants from underrepresented countries, in addition to the border wall.

"We'll be ready", she told reporters. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is set to unveil his own plan.

Back then, I was the chief of staff for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of four Senate Republicans involved in crafting the bipartisan compromise.

Democrats clearly have some support from Republicans for extending DACA protections and adding more money for border security. Sen. "If legislation passes the Senate but doesn't go anywhere in the House - the job has not been done", Contres said. When Trump ended the program, he said he did so because he considered its creation to be overreach by President Obama.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in NY ruled Tuesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had "erred in concluding that DACA is unconstitutional" and granted a preliminary injunction sought by state attorneys general and immigrants who had sued the administration.

Senate begins freewheeling immigration debate